SJF Ventures is a venture capital partnership with offices in Durham, New York and San Francisco. Through its investment funds, the firm provides equity financings from $1MM to $10MM, solo or in syndicates, to companies seeking growth capital.
As a venture fund, SJF Ventures focuses on the resource efficiency, sustainability and technology-enhanced services sectors. Representative investment areas include efficiency and infrastructure, asset recovery including reuse and recycling, sustainable agriculture and food safety, health and wellness technology, education technology and digital media and marketing services.
When assessing investment opportunities, SJF Ventures is highly selective in identifying teams, markets and business models that can achieve rapid sales, strong profitability, and premium exits. In addition, SJF looks to partner with entrepreneurs who are committed to positively impacting the world through the businesses that they are creating.
SJF Ventures’ partners assist portfolio companies in developing and executing strategic growth, building the board and executive management team, exploring capitalization structures, pursuing growth mergers and acquisitions, and enhancing market presence.
SJF Institute, an allied non-profit organization, connects, inspires, and accelerates sustainable entrepreneurs and the fields that support them by holding summits and workshops, presenting awards and best practices papers, and mentoring entrepreneurs.
"I didn’t want to take venture capital, though. I thought the VC industry was predatory. I didn’t like what it stood for, and I didn’t think venture capitalists would share my vision...But the Elpis group told me about a new type of VC. They introduced us to SJF.”
Mark Wilson, CEO, Ryla Teleservices